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Barcelona been watching Payback

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Barcelona look to be attempting to get their own back on Arsenal’s ‘poaching’ of their young players in a copycat move which has seen them step up their pursuit of striker Benik Afobe.The 16-year-old is currently in Azerbaijan with the England Under 17 squad where representatives from Barcelona are present to check on the forward. They saw him score two and make two for England as they romped past Kazakhstan, winning 6-2. Benik scooped the Man of the Match award and looked superb as the Three Lions began their qualifying round in rampant form.A continuation of that form will only see the Catalan based outfit maintain their stance. They are keen to snap up Afobe who has been offered a professional contract ahead of his 17th birthday. Barça are ready to dramatically boost his wages to £5500 a week and offer him an instant chance to play for Barcelona Atlètic, the clubs ‘B’ team which plays in the Segunda División B, the third tier of Spanish football.Atlètic coach Luis Enrique already has some exciting forwards at his disposal with the likes of Elvis Onyema and Jonathan dos Santos but with the squads roster constantly changing, Afobe represents a player for the future. More news is expected when Benik completes his duty with England where the once in a lifetime opportunity to join the European Champions could be on a plate for the Dagenham-based starlet.

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